Jewelry - Nature Re-Imagined
Making jewelry is a combination of all the things I love: constructing with my hands, transforming raw materials, and drawing inspiration from earth’s gems--like the perfectly formed acorn. I see the organic, geometric, and repeating themes in nature, and I capture them in unexpected ways. I use ethically sourced metals and stones to explore the relationship between natural objects and hand-crafted pieces where the mark of nature isn't so different from the mark of the maker.
In Montana, I played "Oregon Trail" in the actual woods...not on a computer. When I was 9, I found an old homesteader’s leavings: bottles, pots and pans, old bed springs and tools. These were my treasures. I made jewelry out of rocks I found, polishing them with Johnson’s Paste Wax. I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees in photography at Montana State University and Central Washington University. After grad school with an art degree, I was back outside, collecting. I am obsessed with the colors and textures of plants in my gardens, their various stages of birth, growth, decay and erosion. Jewelry inspired by nature is what I do full time.....Just a few stones’ throw from the Columbia River.
Examples of April Ottey's Artwork
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